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“We know it is coming” | 12 cases of COVID-19 delta variant reported in W.Va.

West Virginia leaders give an update on the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
West Virginia leaders give an update on the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.(Gov. Justice Youtube)
Published: Jul. 6, 2021 at 12:26 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - A dozen cases of the COVID-19 variant that is beginning to spread across the nation have been reported in West Virginia, Coronavirus Czar Dr. Clay Marsh announced during a press conference Tuesday.

According to data from the DHHR, 12 cases of the delta variant have been reported.

“We are not seeing an explosive growth of this variant yet, but as we have seen throughout this pandemic, West Virginia is always a bit slower to see some of the things we see spreading from the rest of the world and from other states,” Dr. Marsh said.

“So, we know that it is coming in West Virginia as well.”

Dr. Clay Marsh, Coronavirus Czar

Dr. Marsh also said Tuesday the delta variant is gaining ground among unvaccinated individuals.

“Not being vaccinated is very, very risky.”

Dr. Clay Marsh, Coronavirus Czar

Amid concerns over the spread of the delta variant, President Joe Biden is set to deliver remarks Tuesday afternoon.

Gov. Justice announced Tuesday that more than a million West Virginians have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

“I congratulate everyone who has played a role in getting us to this point, but we still have more work to do,” Gov. Justice said.

To date, 1,005,135 West Virginians have received at least one dose of vaccine, while 836,954 West Virginians have been fully vaccinated.

“This is a huge milestone that we’ve hit,” Gov. Justice said. “You have done a whale of a job, West Virginia, and it’s because all of us have been pulling the rope together.”

The Governor went on to announce that West Virginia’s COVID-19 pandemic response leadership team is establishing new vaccination goals.

The new goals include vaccinating at least 90% of all West Virginians ages 65 and older with at least one dose and vaccinating at least 85% of all West Virginians ages 50 and older with at least one dose.

Currently, 87.3% of West Virginians ages 65 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 79.4% of West Virginians ages 50 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Also on Tuesday, Gov. Justice offered a reminder that the 3rd round of prize winners through the “Do it for Babydog” Vaccination Sweepstakes will be announced tomorrow, Wednesday, July 7.

Prize giveaways will include one cash prize of $1 million, two brand-new custom-outfitted trucks, five lifetime hunting licenses, five lifetime fishing licenses, five custom hunting rifles, five custom hunting shotguns, and 25 weekend getaways to West Virginia State Parks for vaccinated West Virginians ages 18 and older. Two full four-year scholarships to any public institution in the state will also be given away to vaccinated West Virginians ages 12-25.Over 333,000 West Virginians have registered for the sweepstakes to date.

While the registration deadline to be eligible to win in the July 7 prize drawing has passed, all vaccinated West Virginians are still able and encouraged to register for future drawings at DoitforBabydog.wv.gov for an opportunity to join the list of winners.

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